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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This is a traditional German style dark lager beer. Flavors of chocolate or coffee are common, but usually subtle. Just because the beer is dark, doesn’t mean that the flavors are. Expect the beer to be opaque and black, as the name would imply.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Dark brown/black. Aroma of dark chocolate and espresso. Flavor is more of the same; very malty and roasty with just enough bitterness to let you know the hops are there. Just a hint of dark fruit, that reminds me of the DR Baltic Porter. Light-medium body with a very dry, clean finish. Perfect dark beer for the summer months. This is a top notch brew and will keep me content until their Baltic rears it’s head this fall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
voyageurmike (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2016
In a tulip glass. Almost black opaque creamy beer with chocolate malt nose. Roasted grains, some caramel and chocolate notes in the taste. Mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Really strong example of a (to me) middling style at best. Caramel and coffee and chocolate notes are all subtle, but there in the nose and flavor, and in good balance. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
malvrich (255) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Single bottle apparently date notched 9/2016 into a tulip. A: Pours 1/2" of thick tan foam atop a solid black body. Good retention and sheets of lace. S: Herbal hops and toffee. A bit of chocolate. T: Strong roasty taste of bitter chocolate ending with faint toffee sweetness. M: Light clean and smooth textured with a powdery coating finish. O: Pretty good but not a favorite style. No points deducted but I hate DR’s tacky dating method.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (766) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Similar tastes, with a hint of smoke and nuts. Some creaminess, but perhaps a little thin-bodied overall. Mild bitterness. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darbeer75 (562) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Aroma: malty, sweet, coffee tones; Appearance: midnight black; opaque; tan head that dissipates quickly; little lacing; Taste: while it looks and smells like an imperial stout, taste is tangy and a little bitter like a lager; definitely better than a lager but still not my favorite; Palate: medium body with sweet finish; Overall: interesting mix of malt and lager; might buy again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Wow, that’s good. Creamy cocoa colored head with black pour. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and mild bitterness. Medium bodied. The lager version of a robust porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2831) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque, near black with a thin tan head and fair to sparse lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee and toasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, dark toast and milk chocolate. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization. A very roasty schwarzbier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 17, 2015
one of the best from one of my favorite! Pours a rich dark black with a moderately carbonated tan thin head, that disappears quickly. Aroma is nice not overpowering. flavors of licorice, burnt toast and amaretto. a bit sweet but not excessively so. has a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4338) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. BB date notch of 9/2015. A: Pours a clear but very dark brown color, looking nearly opaque in the glass. The beer has a half finger of sudsy light tan head that quickly reduces to a partial thin film. Some lacing is seen, nonetheless. Aroma: Initially disappointing but some off-odors quickly dispersed leaving behind attractive mix of toffee, faint coffee and dark roasted grains. Moderate strength. Flavor: Dark roasted malts with toffee and chocolate dominate up front but some roasted coffee. There’s also a a bit of molasses and a light hint of anise. Lightly bitter overall. M: Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. O: A fine schwarzbier that’s brewed to style. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (839) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Aroma: coffee, roasty, chocolate, Appearance: black, brown head Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: light body, slick feel, soft carbonation, abrupt finish Nice schwarzbier

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